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Release Date: May 19, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Nation will host art classes at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St. Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Advanced acrylic class

The Chickasaw Nation will host an advanced acrylic class, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, at the ARTesian Gallery and Studios.

Classes will be taught by award-winning Chickasaw artist Mary Ruth Barnes who specializes in acrylics, watercolor and more.

Mrs. Barnes’ work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States. In addition to receiving several awards for her art, Mrs. Barnes was named the Chickasaw Nation 2015 Dynamic Woman of the Year.

An enrollment fee of $10 includes instruction and materials.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Class size is limited.

Basic pottery class

The Chickasaw Nation will host a four-week courses in the basics of clay with Cherokee artist, Tanya Lowrance at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios.

Lowrance works with a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, graphite and various printmaking methods, in addition to clay. Her talent for art was inspired by her high school art teacher, Paul Walsh and East Central University professor the late Bob Sieg.

“Each piece of art should convey a story or feeling,” Lowrance said. “That way the viewer becomes emotionally and or spiritually involved with the piece.”

Participants will learn the basics of clay techniques, including coil, slab, wheel techniques and glaze.

Classes are set for 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, beginning June 6.

An enrollment fee of $100 will include instruction and material. Pre-registration is encouraged.

For information or to enroll, contact the ARTesian Gallery & Studios at (580) 622-8040.

Artesian Arts Festival

Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Lowrance will join over 100 other artists in displaying their work at the Artesian Arts Festival, Saturday, May 27, located at the Artesian Plaza adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 W. First Street, Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Open to the public at no charge, the Artesian Arts Festival welcomed more than 6,500 to last year’s festival.

For more information about the Artesian Arts Festival, contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520, or by email at

Last Updated: 09/16/2016